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Rufus the Baby Bobcat Kitten


Est DOB 10/1/11 – 4/26/2012



Rufus the blind bobcat kitten was believed to have been hit by a car on Dec 4th in South Carolina. He weighed just 4.2lbs, had a broken jaw, split canine and was comatose.


After he woke up from the coma he was pretty loopy, the South Carolina rehabber figured the impact had done brain damage. They had to wire the jaw shut, tube feed him and remove the broken canine. He was taken in by Big Cat Rescue on Feb 12th 2012, he’s now eating solids on his own and doing much better despite walking into walls and getting stuck in corners. He was having bad and frequent seizures, but those have almost subsided.


Blind baby bobcat kitten named Rufus at Big Cat Rescue

Blind baby bobcat kitten named Rufus at Big Cat Rescue

Rufus had a seizure around noon today.  It was a typical one for him.  Later on around 2 he had a more severe episode and was taken inside to the cat hospital.  He had a high temperature and was not coherent.


The Last Photo of Rufus the baby bobcat kitten

The Last Photo of Rufus the baby bobcat kitten

He was given an injection of medication to sedate him and to stop the seizure.  He rested for a couple of hours and his temperature was brought down with cool cloths and ice packs.


At 5 he began to wake up and had another severe episode and then suddenly he stopped breathing.


Every attempt was made to resuscitate him, however we were unsuccessful.


He quietly slipped away on his own terms.


He will be missed dearly by everyone who got to know him and of his story.  He was a special little boy who touched many of our hearts.


Jamie took this photo of Rufus just yesterday when he was lazing in the sun, listening to the birds.



Thank you to everyone who made it possible to give his such loving care; especially the Skip A Holics and his staff here.


Thank you TBO for covering this story of precious Rufus the bobcat kitten.


  1. I miss him!!!! :((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((

  2. We will never forget you darling Baby Rufus, RIP sweetheart! <3

  3. We "adopted" Rufus when he first came to BCR. His picture is on the wall next to our cats' indoor jungle gym. Hard to read still even a year later.

  4. Very sad to find out that Rufus is gone. Was hoping for a happier ending to your story, but at least you are no longer in pain and having seizures…and are probably catching your own prey now in Heaven. God bless you little guy!

  5. I just found out that little Rufus has left this earth. He was such a character and will surely be missed. RIP little fella. At least he had happy days while he was in your care. Thank you, BCR, for doing all you could for this little guy while he was in your care.

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